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PLAID & ANIMAL PRINTS: THE BEST TRENDS FOR FALL

 

It’s happening! Fall styles are officially in full swing! If you kept up with all of your favorite influencers in NYC last week, you caught a first hand glimpse of where Fall fashion is headed this year. We saw jewel tones, corduroy, western accents, knits, and two of my personal favorite trends – plaid and animal prints galore.

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THE BEST ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLE FASHION BRANDS YOU SHOULD BE WEARING

 

The more I learn about the fashion industry, the more I am finding myself wanting to invest my money in goods made by local, ethical, and sustainable brands. It’s not to say I am not still a bit of a “hoo-er” (as I prefer to call it) for a few fast fashion brands like Zara, but I have been actively making a point of it to discover and support brands rooted in creating fashion consciously.

The incredible thing about living in a place like LA is that there are tons of brands, big and small, that are founded on doing good by their community – on a local and global scale. The cherry on top simply being that just because they’re ethical doesnt mean they sacrifice chic – au contraire. Here are a few of the brands I love right now that you need to be wearing yesterday:

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PUFF SLEEVES YES PLEASE

 

Puff sleeves might be one of those trends we look back on in 20 years and say to ourselves, “why oh why”, but ’til then I AM HERE for this trend. 2018 has been the year of statement tops and puff sleeves, and I love that these trends have been so versatile and applicable to any season. I have had so much fun this summer with bold prints and mixing patterns – Gingham, polka dots, and florals have been some of my favorite patterns to play with and adding a puffy sleeve has been the bonus accent to take a look from cute to chic. As we head into Fall these trends are on track to get even more “trendy”, so let’s go through a couple of the looks and styles I am loving right now!

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MAKING A CASE IN FAVOR OF HAWAIIAN SHIRTS

 

Did you know that Hawaiian shirts are cool again? AND that they appeal to all ages and genders? It’s true! And if you had any doubt, allow me to make my case.

It all started a few months ago when I paid a visit to one of my favorite stores/brands in Los Angles, Paul Smith. As I was perusing the ladies section, I came across this bright yellow, button down short sleeve shirt with a floral print. I thought to myself, “I have never really thought to wear a Hawaiian shirt but now that I am seeing this I think I need it.” I didnt buy the shirt that day, I should have but let’s not harp on it, but since then I have absolutely obsessed over Hawaiian shirts for girls.

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CAROLINE IN THE CITY – IN A LPDD (LITTLE POLKA DOT DRESS)

 

Can we officially made the LPDD (little polka dot dress) a thing? Is it already a thing and I just think I am a total term coiner? Either way, there are two things I know for sure: I am having the time of my life in NYC right now, and this is my favorite dress I currently own. YES, she has left the city of Los Angeles, and oh dear what do we do now. It cracks me up how confused the world of social media gets when I post from anywhere but LA.  My blog isn’t called “Love and I Never Leave LA” for cryin’ out loud, and I always come back! A girl’s gotta get out of town sometimes, right?  And I absolutely LOVE being in New York.

I havent been to NYC in the Summer in years, and I am out here eating and drinking all of the delicious things and just living my best life – despite the muggy weather and wafting scent of hot garbage. Needless to say, in such elements mini dresses are a must. And in the second most fashionable city (behind LA of course) cute n’ trendy mini dresses are a must.

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FUN WAYS TO WEAR WHITE THIS SUMMER

 

I honestly cant think of an easier chic summer outfit than an all white ensemble. I have been really ramping up efforts on that front lately and am absolutely loving the outcome – god willing I haven’t spilled anything on said white garments. Whether it’s via a great pair of white jeans *that are actually flattering*, a classic white blouse, a clean pair of sneakers, a swimsuit, or a fun LWD, there are so. many. fun ways to wear white this summer, regardless of the occasion. So without further adieu, these are a few of my favorite recent finds and how I styled them!

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THE BEST MINI DRESSES FOR SUMMER UNDER $100

 

OH HELLO HEAT WAVE. So nice to see you! From the comforts of my air-conditioned office of course. I cannot believe it’s going to be in the 100’s today and through the weekend, I’m already planning on spending the next three days indoors or near large bodies of water. But besides air conditioning, the Pacific Ocean, and ice cold cocktails, the most important component to surviving hot weather is arguably how you choose to dress. And girl, I dont know about you, but if I’m not in a bathing suit I’ll be in a mini dress. A flowy… lightweight… breathable… and obviously *very cute mini dress.

I love a good classic mini dress, but I often find myself unable to justify such ridiculous price tags for such ridiculously little pieces of clothes. I share the same sentiment towards most bathing suits – y so expensive tho? The good news is that there are great mini dresses out there, that do look expensive, but are actually just fairly priced. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect mini for this summer – at a reasonable price – these are my favorite mini’s out there right now under $100!

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THE BEST MATCHING SETS FOR YOU AND YOUR BFF – IN HONOR OF #NATIONALBESTFRIENDDAY

 

I believe I’ve said this many times in the past few weeks (“My 5 Favorite Colorful Sets for Summer” / “5 Floral Sets You Need For Spring“)… but matching sets are so in right now. So are best friends! I kid, I kid. As if matching with yourself isn’t fun enough, in honor of National Best Friends Day – cough cough today – who better to match with than your BFF.

So in honor of the most adorable and instagrammable way to express your love for your BFF, loud and proud here are a few of some of my favorite ensembles PLUS the activities I think they’d pair great with. For you and your friends viewing pleasure.

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MY 5 FAVORITE COLORFUL SETS TO GET YOU READY FOR SUMMER

 

Nothing screams “WARM WEATHER IS NEAR” quite like the mass bloom of Bougainvillea in LA. It has got to be the single most colorful, fun, and inspirational plant and easily my favorite backdrop. And to our fortune it’s EVERYWHERE! So I’ll be honest… I 100% bought this set because it reminded me of the color of bougainvillea. And judging by the proof in the photos, I’d say job well done on the color matching front. I love a good colorful set. They’re one of my favorite ways to elevate a look without the hassle of putting one together – it has already been done for you! Sets are usually my best friends on vacation or to wear at events, but case in point – they’re great on any average day around town in front of some bougainvillea too. If I had the means, these fun and colorful sets from Free People would be high on the “priority purchase” list as well:

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THE BEST SWIMSUITS MONEY CAN BUY THIS SUMMER

 

So we’ve done a full rundown on what you need to pack for your next tropical getaway… and since it’s arguable that swimsuits are a major component – if not the most important component – they get a whole post all to themselves. As most of us I’m sure, I have a love/loath relationship with bathing suits – probably a bit more loathing than love if we’re being honest. I’ve never loved showing a ton of skin, I can’t honestly say I always feel comfortable and confident in swimsuits, and damn are they expensive tiny pieces of “clothing” or what?!

Well. I have to say. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten quite good at this “shopping for your body type” thing, and I still standby the fact that high waisted bikinis seem to work for just about everyone. Much like last year’s trip to Mexico, the swimwear theme on my recent trip to the Andaz Mayakoba definitely tended to lead towards the high waisted two pieces, and for once in my life I felt genuinely comfortable in these suits. I did my dudillegence trying on a ton and working with a silhouette I knew work for me and it paid off. So as someone who spent quite a bit of time on this, these are the swimsuits I would say are worth the investment this year:

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